The year-old “tiff” between Sen. Sonny Trillanes and Customs Commissioner Nick Faeldon surfaced at Tuesday’s Senate probe on the smuggling of P6.Four-billion shabu from China.
The two former coup plotters had a falling-out throughout the 2016 national elections when Trillanes supported the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe whereas Faeldon promoted the presidential ambition of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Trillanes and Faeldon, as members of the Magdalo Group, repeatedly plotted to oust then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Faeldon is now not a part of the group.
Faeldon refused to reply Trillanes’ question on the continued corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BoC). He deplored Trillanes’ baseless accusation that he’s “at the heart” of the shabu smuggling controversy.
“But anyway, speaking of baseless allegations during the campaign ikaw ‘yung nagbi- bida bida nang kung ano-anong accusations eh,” Trillanes informed Faeldon.
“Now, I am asking you as a member of the committee, as a senator of the Republic, meron bang corruption sa Customs o wala or I will be moved to cite you for contempt,” the senator requested the BoC chief.
Faeldon finally confirmed that there’s nonetheless corruption at the BoC but it surely took him some time to reply Trillanes’ question.
“Wala tayong hidwaan prior to the campaign. You know that. I know that. Pumupunta ka dito. Binabati mo ako, walang ganon. Until nagsimula ‘yung campaign,” the senator mentioned.
“Anyway, moving on. So alam mo na itong tara system nung umupo ka as commissioner. Is that what you’re saying?” Trillanes requested Faeldon.
Faeldon replied, “Before assuming the post I already know of the ‘tara’ system.”